- Born: 24 Jun 1839, Vardal, Oppland, Norway 186,189,190,202
- Christened: 28 Jul 1839, Vardal, Oppland, Norway
- Marriage: Lars Larson on 7 May 1860 in Vardal, Oppland, Norway 171
- Died: 7 Dec 1872, Halfway Creek, Onalaska twp, LaCrosse County, Wisconsin aged 33 203
June 18, 2001
I just happened to find your web-page while I was searching for information about what happened to Randine Østensdatter (Ostensdtr.) - first wife of Lars Larsen - after she emigrated.
Your web-page briefly mentions also Randine's parents (Østen Olsen & Kjerstine Ellingsdatter) which are among my ancestors.
What you probably do not know is that also Østen and Kjerstine emigrated to USA - in 1870, the year after their daughter Randine.
Kjerstine died on the ship, while Østen arrived in Quebec June 19. 1870. After that, I don't know what happened to him; but I guess that he should go to his daughter Randine.
I wondered if you have access to the church records of Halfway Creek (where Randine was buried) to see if also Østen died there (or do you know if these church records are available on the internet)?
Some information that might interest you:
I just looked at a detailed map of the Vardal/Gjøvik area, and found that Haug farm (where Lars Larsen was born, according to your web-site) is located about 10 km west of Gjøvik city, close to Vardal church (earlier called Haug church).
If I remember right from the book about the emigration from Vardal, Lars lived on another farm (Viberg) further west, before he emigrated.
Emigrated to the United States in 1869, departing Christiana (Oslo), Norway, June 18, 1869 on the S/S ARGO (Wilson Line) , for Hull, England with a possible transfer to the S/S France (National Line, (National Steam Navigation Company)) for departure from Liverpool to New York June 23rd, 1869. jca
The "Argo (I)" was built in 1860 by C. & W. Earle in Hull for the Wilson Line. Her tonnage was 716 tons gross, 631 under deck and 461 net. Dimensions were: 210.5 feet long, 27.2 foot beam and holds 16.2 feet deep and break 75 tons. Rigging: iron single screw steam Schooner, 1 deck, 2 tiers of beams and 5 bulkheads. Propulsion: compound engine with 2 inverted cylinders of 31 and 58 in. diameter respectively, stroke 30 inches delivering 120 horsepower. She had a new engine in 1870 and new boiler in 1878. The engine was built by the same company as the hull.
In 1867 she was in a regular route between Christiania - Christiansand and Hull. In 1867 she maintained the Christiania service together with the S/S Oder, and together the two ships maintained a weekly service. She was steady on the Christiania service until 1870, when she was taken off the service and was fitted with a new engine. In 1874 she was used for the Trondheim - Hull service, but was not to become regular on that route, but the following years she is seen sporadically in the service. In January 1896 she was sold to J. J. Sitges Freres in Spain, and renamed "Nuevo Correo De Alicante".
The National Line (National Steam Navigation Company) was founded in Liverpool in 1863. The first intention of this line was to sail Liverpool to the US south. However, due to the civil war, routes were set up to New York. The National Line was one of the first lines to establish agencies all over Norway, and became quite popular in the early years. The Norwegians that traveled by this line had to go via England, as they had no direct sailing from Norwegian ports. In 1870 the company added London - New York sailings and made irregular Boston sailings.
Noted events in her life were:
• Immigration, 1869, Utvandringen Til Amerika (Book) P 415. 200
• Residence: Keeping House, 1870, Onalaska twp, La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Randine married Lars Larson, son of Lars Nielsen and Berte Johannesdatter, on 7 May 1860 in Vardal, Oppland, Norway.171 (Lars Larson was born on 20 May 1837 in Houg Farm, Vardal, Oppland, Norway 186,187,188,189,190,191, christened on 20 Jul 1837 in Vardal, Oppland, Norway, died on 30 Mar 1924 in Onalaska twp, La Crosse, Wisconsin 192 and was buried on 3 Apr 1924 in Onalaska twp, La Crosse, Wisconsin 193.)